BTN is the premier destination for college sports fans everywhere to immerse themselves in the Big Ten experience as the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering America’s most storied collegiate conference. BTN captures the Big Ten’s passion and tradition with unparalleled coverage of over 1,000 sporting events each year, including football, basketball, Olympic sports and championship events and award-winning original programming, in-depth studio analysis and classic games. BTN is available on multiple platforms, including BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension delivering live games and on-demand programming to BTN customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. BTN is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans, alumni and sports lovers across the country.
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Where to Find Us
The network is in more than 60 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America.
To get the channel number specific to your area and provider, visit www.BTN.com/channelfinder.
Cable subscribers inside the Big Ten states receive the network on either an expanded basic or digital basic level of service. Outside the Big Ten states, cable operators that carry the network make it available on a variety of packages.
BTN is on the air 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The network annually televises more than 1,000 live events across all platforms. Each year’s schedule is comprised of approximately 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 55 women’s basketball games, Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, hundreds of additional Olympic sports events and dozens of Big Ten championship events.
Every BTN football game telecast is surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
BTN also produces studio shows, such as BTN Live and BTN Football & Beyond, and original programming from BTN Originals. BTN’s signature series, The Journey, has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards. Other original programming includes Big Ten Elite, Big Ten Treasure Hunter and the network’s feature length documentaries, Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer and Tiebreaker, about the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game and the controversial aftermath that ultimately changed the Big Ten’s bowl structure for good.
Some of the streamed events via BTN Plus are also televised on delay as part of the network’s Student U initiative. Big Ten students on each campus produce and announce these events, offering them a unique opportunity to gain real-world television experience. Nearly 500 students from all Big Ten universities participate in the Student U program each year.
BTN2Go is the digital extension of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. BTN2Go requires that you have a cable or satellite subscription. You can get BTN2Go for iPhone and iPad via the iTunes store and for Android phones via the Google store.
BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events available on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. BTN Plus content features streams of live games produced by students at Big Ten universities. A subscription to BTN Plus does not require that you have BTN through a video provider.
Sports fans living outside the United States, Canada and the Caribbean also have access to BTN through BTN2Go International, a 24/7 feed of the network that features live streaming of all BTN games, on-demand access to archived BTN games as well as those aired by Big Ten partner networks (ABC, ESPN and CBS), and hundreds of hours of original programming. Fans can get BTN2Go International for iPhone and iPad via the iTunes store and for Android phones via the Google store.
BTN has also provided significant and additional exposure for all Big Ten men’s and women’s sports, some of which previously received little or no television exposure. It also helps with recruiting in all sports as the ability for parents to watch their children compete from anywhere across the country is a major selling point.
Committed to Women’s Sports
The network schedule annually features nearly 500 women’s events, in the sports of basketball, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The network is the television home for at least 55 women’s basketball games each year, including 10 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games and a full studio presence at the tournament. Each week during the academic year, the network produces and airs the BTN Women’s Sports Report, a program dedicated exclusively to the highlights and accomplishments of female Big Ten student-athletes.
Career Experience: Streaming and Student U
The network streamed nearly 575 events in 2013-14. These games are available live and on-demand on BTN’s website. Many of these streamed events are “Student U” events. Shot, produced and announced entirely by Big Ten students, the network’s Student U initiative gives students on every Big Ten campus a chance to gain hands-on experience in the highly-competitive career field television production. Approximately 500 students at all Big Ten universities participate in Student U.
Why the Network Was Created
BTN was created to provide the conference with more national exposure for Big Ten sports while enhancing its existing television agreements with its other television partners.
The conference wanted to control more fully the advertising environment in which its events were aired (the network accepts no alcohol or gambling advertising), dramatically increase exposure for women’s sports and other NCAA sports that had not previously been widely televised and improve distribution for football and men’s basketball games that were previously available only on a local or regional basis.
Considered to be one of the most successful launches in cable television history, BTN became the first network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million subscribers within its first 30 days on the air. BTN is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks.